Newbury I – Greenham Trust Sponsorship
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English Civil War Event at Newbury in 2018
1. The Newbury 1 Event Committee assisted by the English Civil War Society (ECWS) seek to recreate a part of the battle of Newbury I (1643) on a section of the original battlefield on Saturday and Sunday 23/24 June 2018. This 375th anniversary is being organised by an Event Committee, which includes representatives of the West Berkshire Council, representatives of Sponsors and the landowner (Sir Richard Sutton Ltd). The Event Committee among other things will organise publicity, arrange facilities for the audience and the collection of entrance fees and advance ticket sales. It will also oversee the wider aspects of the event, which are designed to stimulate the interest of people in Newbury, and the locality, in seventeenth century history in general and the First Battle of Newbury in particular.
2. The ECWS is proposing to carry out the following activities:
a. Educational visits prior to the event to John Rankin School (the nearest), to St Bartholomew’s and Park House for Key Stage 3 presentations and also Falkland Primary, St Gabriel’s and other local schools to be arranged.
b. A lecture to the Newbury Society (TBC).
c. Participation in the activities to be planned by the West Berks Museum, Newbury before and over the weekend.
d. A Living History encampment beside the battle site over the weekend of the event (representing the townsfolk of Newbury in 1643).
e. A representative sermon by Laudian and Puritan re-enactment preachers in a local church, providing arrangements for this can be made.
f. A wreath laying ceremony at the Falkland Memorial (TBC).
g. Drill displays and/or skill at arms displays by cavalry and infantry during the mornings of the event. h. The climax being a major battle re-enactment in the afternoons of the event.
3. Reenactment battle displays by the English Civil War Society consist of about 40 minutes of combat with an introduction and a salute at the end giving a total display time of about one hour. They include firing of massed bodies of musketeers, several cannons on both sides and a small cavalry unit, not to forget the ubiquitous pikemen with their 16 feet long pikes. The battle will be conducted in the fields of Cope Hall Park, by kind permission of Sir Richard Sutton Ltd, and will represent the opening phases of the First Battle of Newbury 1643 on the slopes of Round Hill, which was the key feature of the battle.
4. The Event Committee aims to further engage with local organisations such as the choral and music societies, local restaurants and exhibition venues to arrange other supporting activities linked to this event.
5. To help defray expenditure, the Event Committee is seeking sponsorship in advance, aiming to cover at least half the total expected outlay. For each major sponsor, we intend to place a suitable logo or text box on the posters and flyers associated with the event, which will be circulated widely in the Newbury area. Advertising space will also be available on one or more ‘banners’ to be sited by the Falkland Memorial and elsewhere in the town and in the programme available in advance and on the day (TBC). It is hoped that the Town Council website will also feature the event with space for sponsor advertising and acknowledgement. On the day, the scripted commentary could include thanks to the main Sponsors at the beginning and end of the battle. Sponsors are welcome to erect and display stands/stalls in the public viewing area, free of charge, to promote their activities.
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